The Accident Season|Book Review

Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?


THIS STORY IS SO WILDLY MARVELLOUS. You know those kind of stories that just glue themselves to your soul? It reminded me of The Raven Boys, which is one of my most favourite books EVER. It’s just so full of that deliciously visual writing and it blurs the lines of reality and contemporary and the characters are all so REAL and fleshed out. IT IS SO ASTOUNDINGLY BEAUTIFUL.

This was a strange but captivating book, and I liked the twists.

What made The Accident Season creepy was, firstly, the writing style. Fowley-Doyle has a way with words that makes you feel like you’re floating, like everything is, in fact, ghostly and otherworldly. There’s nothing simplistic about her style, especially when it comes to describing abandoned houses. It’s entrancing and addicting and hard not to get sucked into this Ireland.

So let’s raise our glass to the accident season,

To the river beneath us where we sink our souls,

To the bruises and secrets, to the ghosts in the ceiling,

One more drink for the watery road.

Secondly, the characters are what made the story so wonderfully poignant and curious. Cara, Alice and Sam are a perfect trio: they would do anything for each other and love to indulge each other’s wild fantasies. Each characters, although always narrated by Cara, has their own personality, something that distinguishes them from each other, and each characters has secrets they would do anything to keep hidden.

I really liked the characters in this book, even if they made some suspect decisions. Who sits near a railway line, who goes into abandoned buildings during ‘accident season’? (a month-long period during which you are most likely to be injured). Surely that is just asking for trouble!
The storyline in this was pretty good, and I liked the way there was plenty of mystery and I wasn’t sure what was going on. The story also had a bit of a magical feel to it which I also liked. I also really liked the idea of the secrets box, and I loved the little ‘Irish’ moments, such as when someone asks ‘Will I call an ambulance?’ – only in Ireland would someone say ‘Will I?’ instead of ‘Should I?’.

There was some romance, and even though it was a little taboo, I thought that this couple were really sweet together! Overall a really most terrific and different novel that tests the boundaries a little in its conception and delivers a dynamic and emotional family drama with a hint of mystery and more than a touch of illusion.

-Read On Darlings!


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